Watching animals in Yellowstone in the spring can be a wonderful experience for the nature lover. The animals in Yellowstone in the spring can be very animated yet dangerous. In the spring many animals have babies that they are taking care of and they can be very protective of their babies. Because of the animals protecting their babies you should give the animals plenty of space. Take pictures of the animals but stay far away so you don’t threaten the animals or their babies.
When you see the animals in Yellowstone in the spring the temptation of getting as close as you can to them is something you have to resist. The animals seem so peaceful in their natural surroundings that you don’t think you are a threat to them. Many times you may feel that the animal doesn’t even notice you. The animals know exactly how close you are. An animal can be very unpredictable. You can’t read what they are thinking and if you are in their area of comfort they will attack.
Many people have been gored by a buffalo because they have gone into the buffalo’s comfort zone. A buffalo seems like a big docile animal when you see them in their natural environment. They eat peacefully and graze close by the roadways in herds or alone. In the excitement of seeing a large wild animal it is easy to forget that these buffalo are wild and can be irritated to the point of attacking you. It is always important to keep a rational head and keep your distance. If you want a close up picture of a wild animal use a distance lens and keep yourself safe and the wild animal comfortable.
Even animals thought to be gentle can attack if they think you are distressing their young. When you see a deer or elk you must keep a distance between you and the animal. Elk and deer tend to hide their babies and you never know where the babies are hidden. They will attack anyone who threatens their young babies.
You should also be careful around animals that can’t hurt you like a turtle or snake. These animals may not be able to hurt you but you are able to make them very uncomfortable when you are near them. All animals need a distance between humans and themselves to feel comfortable. We need to respect all animals.
Children are often excited when they see an animal and parents should watch their children closely for the safety of the human child and the animals. It is important to keep your children close by and teach them about animals and the proper way to act around them. Watching animals is a very rewarding experience for everyone.